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L. Ray Whalen, DVM, PhD

University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Phone: 970-491-5611
Fax: 970-491-7907

Program in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences

PhD, University of California, Davis
DVM, University of California, Davis
BS, University of California, Davis

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Scholarly Interests -- Interactive Multimedia Educational Programs

My primary scholarly activities center on the design, development and evaluation of interactive multimedia programs to provide integrated instruction about veterinary neurobiology, mammalian functional anatomy and equine anatomy.

For veterinarians, veterinary students and animal science students, effective learning occurs when the environment is intellectually challenging and requires interaction. This is referred to as active learning, where choices need to be made and where an investment of work leads to production of individual results. In this environment, primary responsibility for identifying and recognizing anatomical detail requires a student to actively navigate through the material, making decisions about how and when it is presented, and to use existing knowledge in a specific context (i.e. a clinical setting). This cycle of reinforcing and expanding knowledge through reuse and adaptation is the foundation of all good pedagogy. Students learn most effectively though doing, building upon what they know rather than observing the work product of someone else. Interactive images, QuickTime virtual reality dissections, and animations are tools correlated with clinical video clips in an interactive environment for this kind of non-linear learning.

Representative Work

We are currently creating an interactive, educational, multimedia program on the anatomy of the dog using Quicktime VR 3D models, video, and graphics. Please visit our Internet site for example pages of this program.

Left click on the image and move the mouse to manipulate this 3D QTVR specimen.